Kansas insurance regulators have awarded a certificate of authority to a unit of WellPoint Inc.

UniCare Health Plan of Kansas Inc., a subsidiary of WellPoint, Indianapolis, now has the ability to do business in Kansas, according to UniCare.

UniCare won a contract in August to participate in the Kansas Medicaid and children’s health insurance program.

UniCare will support the contract by setting up wellness and disease management programs at community resource centers in Topeka, Kan., and Wichita, Kan., UniCare says.